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Christopher v. United States

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
237 F. Supp. 787 (1965)


Facts

Daniel Christopher (plaintiff), a 29-year-old veteran, became paraplegic after a negligent medical operation at a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital in 1959. In his disabled state, Christopher suffered various forms of physical and mental distress, including the inability to sit still for long periods, muscle spasms, swelling and burning sensations, involuntary bowel movements, loss of the ability to procreate, and depression. During this time, Christopher received $725 monthly disability payments from the VA. Christopher brought a nonjury action against the United States (defendant) to recover damages under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Wood, J.)

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